Intensive care patient assessment


Intensive care patient assessment

This module will equip students with the necessary skills to undertake and interpret a comprehensive assessment of an adult intensive care patient.

Learning outcomes:

  1. Appraise the knowledge, skills and approaches needed to undertake a comprehensive assessment of the intensive care patient.
  2. Review the pathophysiological changes associated with a range of conditions found in the intensive care patient.
  3. Critically analyse assessment results and data using appropriate comparisons for age, gender, normal values and underlying pathophysiology.
  4. Evaluate the clinical significance of the assessment data obtained and likely implications for the patient.
  5. Critically analyse assessment data obtained from technological sources and how this informs intensive care patient management.
  6. Review sources of information and utilise information technology to enhance the assessment process.
  7. Critique invasive and non-invasive monitoring approaches in the intensive care patient.


Who is the module for? Nurses working in adult intensive care areas with opportunity to assess adult intensive care patients.

Module code: HP6009Y

Number of credits and level of study: 30 credits at level 6. The course is also offered as a postgraduate (level 7) award.

Assessment: Written examination

Location: St George’s, University of London

Pattern of Delivery: 10 days

Module dates:*
(9.30am – 4.30pm)

  • 26 Apr, 10, 24 May, 7, 21 Jun, 5, 19 Jul, 2, 16, 30 (exam) Aug 2017
  • 27 September, 11, 25 October, 8, 22 November, 6, 20 December 2017, 10, 24 January, Exam 7 February 2018
  • 28 March, 11, 25 April, 9, 23 May, 6, 20 June, 4, 18 July, Exam 1 August 2018

*Dates may change

Fee: £1600

Module leaders: Rachel Bowater (nee Cowlishaw) and Johannes Mellinghoff

Programme: This module is part of the Healthcare Practice DipHE/BSc(Hons)/GradCert

Contact the PPD Programme Office who will be happy to help you with any queries.